Taking The IEP Into The Classroom – 60 minutes

This webinar is for new teachers who have students on modified programs and particularly those working for the first time with students (K-12) with severe multiple disabilities. We will take a look at different ways to thread IEP objectives into classroom, school-based and community activities. This webinar will also help to prioritize and simplify some of the key roles of the classroom teacher which can enhance meaningful participation for students on modified programs. Theme planning and parallel participation will also be addressed as planning tools to maximize learning and participation for all students. This webinar will help teachers and teaching assistants take their students' IEP objectives into the classroom.

Taking The IEP Into The Classroom Handout

Terry Wendorf

Terry Wendorf

MA

For over 33 years Terry has been working in a variety of roles including Teaching Assistant, Resource Teacher, Classroom Teacher, University Instructor, and Ministry of Education Outreach Program Coordinator. As an Outreach Program Coordinator, worked with a team of therapists (OT, PT, SLP) to provide website resources including online tutorials, workshops, and individualized curriculum guides for students with severe/profound cognitive and multiple disabilities. Developed and delivers an online course (i.e., Developing Functional Curriculum) for Vancouver Island University. Over 21 years as an educational consultant. She holds a Master’s degree in Leadership & Training with emphasis on adult learning.

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Build the Brain When it Counts: Stimulate Literacy Development with Enriching Experiences – 45 minutes

Build the Brain When it Counts series offers three webinars to increase the knowledge and skills of educators to nurture children’s executive function skills through the cognitive, literacy and social-emotional thematic frameworks. The strategies and activities will illustrate an invigorating learning process to put Pre-K to Kindergarten children on a positive learning trajectory.

Part 2: Using the thematic framework of the ‘Literacy World’, this webinar incorporates best-practice strategies to promote and advance communication and literacy development of Pre-K and Kindergarten students. A popular children’s book will serve as the focal point for exploring the theme of literacy. Educators will learn how to design and deliver a variety of enriching experiences to spark children’s sense of wonder and advance their learning.
Build the Brain When it Counts: Stimulate Literacy Development with Enriching Experiences Handout

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

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Build the Brain When it Counts: Cultivate Cognitive and Executive Function Skills- 45 minutes

Build the Brain When it Counts series offers three webinars to increase the knowledge and skills of educators to nurture children’s executive function skills through the cognitive, literacy and social-emotional thematic frameworks. The strategies and activities will illustrate an invigorating learning process to put Pre-K to Kindergarten children on a positive learning trajectory.

Part 1:Using a thematic framework of the ‘Cognitive World’, this webinar will illustrate a variety of math, science, literacy and movement activities to train children in executive function skills – attention, working memory, filtering out distractions, and problem-solving skills– to pave the way for success with learning and development. A popular children’s book will serve as the focal point to embed numerous highly motivating activities to cultivate cognitive and executive function skills.
Build the Brain When it Counts: Cultivate Cognitive and Executive Function Skills Handout

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

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Games to Promote Student Learning- 45 minutes

Games are a regular part of students' lives; they play games throughout the day on their computers, the Internet, and their cell phones. But what about the classroom? Academic games can have an effect on student achievement. This session will showcase some mathematics games that can have a significant effect on your students.

Games to Promote Student Learning Handout

Janet Stramel

Janet Stramel

M.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Janet Stramel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Fort Hays State University. She received a BS degree in Middle School Mathematics from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK; an M.S. degree in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in mathematics education from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS; and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Kansas State University. She was a middle school mathematics teacher in Guthrie, OK from 1985-2001 and Wamego, KS from 2001-2009. During her time at FHSU, Dr. Stramel has taught classes in teacher education with a focus on mathematics methods as well as classes for the Department of Mathematics. She was the Director of Assessment and Accreditation and appointed as Interim Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at FHSU during the 2015-16 academic year.

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Developing Lifelong Leisure Skills for Individuals with Multiple Disabilities: An Overview of Fun Activities for the Classroom

This session will be an overview of leisure skills students may need once they reach adulthood, with ties to activities and lesson goals that can begin as early as preschool to ensure these skills are developed. Simple and fun activity ideas for the classroom and home will be provided, with information about additional resources for materials and ideas.

Jodi Click

Jodi Click

Jodi Click is a Special Education Coordinator for Goodwill Education Initiatives in Indiana and a private Assistive Technology/AAC Consultant. She has over 15 years experience working with teens and adults with severe & multiple disabilities, autism, and emotional disabilities in various school and adult service settings, as a teacher, consultant, and case coordinator. She triple-majored in Special Education, Music Therapy, and Music Education at University of Evansville and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Assistive Technology. Jodi is often found wearing her Super Teacher cape in the classroom and while leading IEP conferences.

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Math Magic: Motivating and Outcome-Based Activities to Inspire Learners

In this highly practical webinar session focusing on Mathematics instructional activities, participants will gain skills in planning and delivering academic content integrated with functional activities to advance the learning outcomes for students with severe cognitive, communication and motor challenges. Through depicting a number of multi-sensory, hands- activities, the session will demonstrate how to address the following Math content area key concepts using high-interest scenarios:

• To use numbers in a variety of forms to solve problems in daily life
• To increase awareness of amount, size, time concepts and the use of measurement tools
• To use money in real-life situations and to solve problems using combination of coins and bills
Applying the universal design for learning principles (UDL) framework centered on presentation, student engagement, action, and expression, this webinar session activities will demonstrate how to ensure accessibility, adjust the task complexity level and foster active learner participation. Participants will increase their knowledge of a number of resources and support tools including assistive technology aids to enhance instruction in the Math content area.

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

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